The Eisenach lands belong to Thuringia, the German land in origin for over several centuries. However, this land was mostly a closed area of East Germany during Soviet rule. Still, the Wartburg Castle should appreciate Soviet times for perfect restoration of numerous rooms and internal interior.
Actually this castle was worth being restored as its name makes visitors remember attractive periods and outstanding people in Germany history. To tempt visitors, we should mention three things in the castle’s history: Martin Luther, minstrels’ contests and fantastic hilltop views from the castle’s drawbridge.
The Wartburg drawbridge is one of the most amazing architectural parts of the huge castle. It draws great interest because of two reasons: this castle entrance has preserved its initial look and structure and it allows the visitors to see the breathtaking views of the Alps.
Actually the castle’s architecture reminds of the best-known periods of its history: Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance; and the impressive sizes of the castle’s towers, the Great Hall with its Latin Cross on the top and numerous buildings within the castle territory impress visitors with their power and stability.
However the main reason of Wartburg’s perfect integrity and care is its close connection with one of Martin Luther’s most significant periods of life. Luther was exiled to this castle due to his Reformation leading. Some scholars admit that the very atmosphere of this castle inspired Luther to make an excellent translation of the New Testament into German and provide standards of the German language that are still being used today. His workroom vitally reflects his daily life in the castle. The excellently preserved medieval desk keeps the Bible with his comments on the margins and the walls hold the pictures of Luther and his wife painted by Cranach Lucas the Elder.
After a year-long exile Luther left the castle, but his Wartburg activity made numerous pilgrims visit the castle as one of the sacred places in Germany.
Augustusburg castle – the German Heritage